Volvo considering R-Design performance package for S80 flagship

Volvo plans to test the waters with an R-Design interior package for the S80

Volvo plans to test the waters with an R-Design interior package for the S80

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Most people may not associate Volvo with performance, but the Swedish company has been offering sporty, factory-installed options on a number of models in its range through its R-Design branch for several years now. Noticeably absent from the list of vehicles that get the R-Design treatment is the S80 sedan, but it seems that now Volvo is finally going to test the waters to see if there is a market for an S80 R-Design.

In order to do this, Volvo will be monitoring the success of an R-Design interior package in order to gauge customer reaction to a more expensive R-Design treatment for the exterior of the car, reports Autocar. The interior package costs around ($820), but the full exterior treatment will cost significantly more if Volvo decided to build it.

If an R-Design S80 were to be released next year, we could expect to see a sporty bodykit accented with a new rear-spoiler and a more aggressive appearance all round, as well as a custom interior and possible suspension adjustments to give the car a sportier ride.

Should the R-Design S80 get the go-ahead, the adjustments will mostly be cosmetic but Volvo is also considering an option to install a fuel-saving engine stop-start system - a feature that is already found in other Volvos such as the C30 and S40. Increasing the environmental credentials of its cars will be an important undertaking for Volvo as it looks to roll out a number of hybrid vehicles in the next few years in what will soon be a fairly competitive market.
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